New industrial estate starts to take shape
By NERIDA BLOK
Lismore City Reporter
IT WAS a sod of a job, but Neil Garrett was happy to do it.
As the Lismore manager of Sydney-based building products manufacturer, Metroll, Mr Garrett helped turn the first soil of the city's newest industrial estate.
Metroll purchased the first of eight council blocks up for sale near the airport for an undisclosed amount.
At Tuesday's Lismore City Council meeting, Councillor John Chant said the seven remaining blocks should sell for about $1 million each.
Mr Garrett said Metroll had outgrown their Goonellabah and Lismore premises.
Looking to employ up to 50 staff when their new premises were built, Mr Garrett said he was pleased to see the project under way.
"We've been chasing land in Lismore for more than two years now," said Mr Garrett.
"And this is the last highway frontage industrial land in Lismore."
Approval for work to start on the industrial estate was granted by Lismore City councillors last Tuesday.
The council was asked by Metroll to speed up the approval process to allow it to move in by August, working in with its construction schedule, which was dictated by its current leasing arrangements.
"This week's council meeting authorised this to occur in record time," said Lismore mayor Merv King.
Cr King said he was pleased to be part of the new South Lismore industrial estate, citing it as the city's industrial growth area.
He said the land next to the airport had always been intended to be developed 'when the opportunity arose'.
"I think now is the time," Cr King said.
Anyone interested in the remaining blocks should contact the council's economic development unit on 6622 8147.